From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Aug. 5, 1972:
- At the qualifying meets for a chance on the Olympic team, young swimming star Mark Spitz had clipped almost 1 1/2 seconds off the world record in the 200 butterfly preliminary heat, only to come back less than eight hours later and beat his own record. The 22-year-old swimmer from Carmichael, Calif., who was then a student (having decided to attend college after competing in the 1968 Olympics), had won the 1972 Sullivan Award, presented annually to the amateur athlete of the year; however, he was noncommittal about his chances in the upcoming Olympics.
- Fines assessed during a recent week in Lawrence Municipal Court had totaled $1,390, with 13 days in jail (later suspended) having been ordered for two persons. Charges had included shoplifting, indecent exposure, and traffic violations, including speeding, driving while intoxicated, running stop signs or traffic signals, and driving left of the center of the road.